Arkansas Execution Marathon Set To Begin


LITTLE ROCK, AR (Ben Caxton) — Arkansas’s execution of seven death row inmates over a ten-day span is set to start on Monday with the death by lethal injection of Don Davis and Bruce Ward. Three days later it will be the turn of Stacey Johnson and Ledell Lee, followed by Marcel Williams and Jack Jones on the 24th, and Kenneth Williams on April 27. Lawyer’s for the condemned men are racing the clock to hold off the executions, but so far to no avail. They have appealed to a federal judge in the eastern district of Arkansas requesting a permanent block on the planned killings which they denounce as “execution by assembly line” saying “Our country does not participate in mass executions.” Governor Asa Hutchinson set the execution dates in February, explaining that he needed to kill the inmates in such quick succession in order to deploy the state’s final batch of the sedative midazolam before it expired at the end of April. Arkansas has not held an execution for 12 years. No state has carried out so many executions in such a short period of time since 1976 when the US Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty after a four year hiatus.

 


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